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Nachbaur Takes Spokane Chiefs Job

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SPOKANE, Wash. --It is official. Former Tri-City Americans head coach Don Nachbaur is now the head coach of the Americans rival, the Spokane Chiefs.

Nachbaur says he is excited to be closer to his family, who still live in Richland.

Nachbaur was introduced Wednesday as the Chiefs new head man after just one season with the American Hockey League's Binghamton Senators.

Nachbaur spent six seasons as the Tri-City Americans head coach, including winning two US Division titles.

And don't think Nachbaur has forgot about that intense rivalry the Chiefs have with Tri-City.

"I hated coming into this building as an opposing coach," said Nachbaur. "It was a tough place to win. Just coming in and now being on the other side, it's a great place to coach. It was always big crowds. I always hated that song because that song meant that the Chiefs had scored. And more often than not, it was one of the most difficult places to win."

The Americans open up their exhibition season September 3rd at Spokane.